I've always found player pianos to be just about the most interesting old-fashioned musical instrument concept ever, but I've never really thought about applying that same idea to other instruments...until I saw this. It's billed as the world's first self-playing violin.
The violin is quite obviously a much more difficult instrument to automate than a piano, which is why it took a retired president of a military technology company and a former NASA administrator to create it.It's titled the Virtuoso and it's quite a marvel. It is set to make its first concert debut in Sydney some time in the near future. You can watch the Virtuoso in action in this YouTube video. It's actually kind of surreal to just watch the violin playing itself. It's hard to believe it's not some kind of special effects thing.
The Virtuoso is actually already for sale, though it's just about the most expensive stringed instrument you'll ever find, at $17,500.
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